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Women 1st announces date for 2014 Conference

Women 1st, the initiative that aims to increase the number of women working in senior positions in travel and the wider tourism and visitor economy sector, has announced that its third annual conference will be held at the Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square in London on 3 July 2014.

The theme of this year’s conference, which is aimed at emerging female leaders and future talent, is ‘unlocking your potential’. The event will feature a number of high-profile keynote speakers, along with two panel sessions with senior leaders and a choice of interactive workshops to help delegates boost their careers, confidence and charisma.

Speakers already confirmed for the event include: editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post UK & AOL UK, Carla Buzasi; women’s empowerment guru and Women 1st patron, Lynne Franks; and psychologist Dr. Linda Papadopolous, who has appeared on television and radio programmes as diverse as "Big Brother" and BBC News.

Last year’s Women 1st’s Conference attracted over 150 delegates and boasted speakers including: Susan Gambardella, vice president, global account team for Coca Cola; Jill Easterbrook, director of developing businesses at Tesco, and Margaret Hodge MP.

Simone Roche, director of Women 1st, said: “The Women 1st Conference is our flagship event and we’ve had fantastic feedback from delegates over the past two years.

“Our research shows that a lack of networking opportunities is one of the biggest barriers to women progressing in our industries and that’s why events like our conference are so important. This is a brilliant opportunity for women in travel to meet people and make new contacts, hear first-hand advice from senior leaders, and boost their own skills and confidence.

“The conference isn’t just for women either. Anyone with an interest in the diversity agenda is welcome to attend. We’d love to see more men this year and they’re sure to find it a thought-provoking event!”

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